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642-961 CDCNID

Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design

Retired August 1, 2008
    Exam Number:     642-961
Associated Certifications: Data Center Switching Network Infrastructure
Duration: 75 minutes (60 questions)
Available Languages: English
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Exam Description

The 642-961 CDCNID Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design exam is the exam associated with the Data Center Design Specialist. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the CDCNID Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design v.1.0 course. This exam indicates a professional knowledge of designing solutions within the Cisco Data Center networking infrastructure.

Exam Topics

The following information provides general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

Describe the products and technologies used with Data Center Network Infrastructure

  • Describe the data center network architecture
  • Describe routing protocols used in a data center
  • Describe the use of Spanning Tree in a data center environment
  • Describe the Catalyst 6500 data center product set
  • Describe the Catalyst 4948
  • Describe Ethernet blade switches
  • Describe server fabric switches
  • Describe data center server models
  • Describe security components for data center infrastructure
  • Describe how storage protocols impact the design of an IP network
  • Describe the value proposition of the Cisco data center network architecture

Design the core layer of a data center infrastructure

  • Describe the data center core layer
  • Select appropriate platforms and modules in the data center core layer
  • Design a core layer to meet customer scalability, availability, and performance requirements
  • Design a core layer to meet customer security requirements
  • Design for traffic flows in the core

Design the aggregation layer of a data center infrastructure

  • Describe the data center aggregation layer
  • Select appropriate platforms and modules in the data center aggregation layer
  • Design an aggregation layer to meet customer scalability, availability, and performance requirements
  • Design for traffic flows in the aggregation layer
  • Design service module functionality into the aggregation layer

Design the access layer of a data center infrastructure

  • Describe the data center access layer
  • Select appropriate platforms and modules in the data center access layer
  • Design an access layer to meet customer scalability, availability, and performance requirements
  • Design an access layer to meet customer security requirements
  • Design for traffic flows in the access layer
Recommended Training

The following course is recommended for this exam.

  • Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design v.1.0 (DCISE)

Courses listed are offered by Cisco Learning Partners, the only authorized source for Cisco IT training delivered exclusively by Certified Cisco Instructors. Check the List of Learning Partners for a Cisco Learning Partner near you.

Additional Resources

A variety of Cisco Press titles may be available for this exam. These titles can be purchased through the Cisco Marketplace Bookstore, directly from Cisco Press.


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